Dr. Ross Montgomery, a doctor of optometry, purchased Dr. Terry Wynne’s old office on June 1 and will remain open for business as Griffin Eye Care.
Montgomery understands he has purchased so much more than just a building and some equipment.
“It’s quite a legacy,” Montgomery said of Wynne, a third-generation optometrist who has served the residents of Griffin from 1961 to 2020 — an amazing 59 years.
Wynne’s grandfather, Tillet Wynne Sr., who started a practice in Pulaski County in 1889, moved to Griffin in 1904, where he practiced on Hill Street until retiring in 1948. By then, Wynne’s father, Tillet Wynne Jr., was practicing. He served the area’s optometry needs from 1929 until 1976, also at the same location on Hill St.
Wynne, himself, moved the business to its current location at 112 W. Oak St. after his father passed of a heart attack in 1979.
“It’s something that I kind of want to give a nod to as we start with Griffin Eye Care,” said Montgomery. “We want to make sure that we still honor those who have been here and built the practice, the reputation and the name.”
“We plan on doing some renovations later on and one thing we want to make sure is that we do have the nod to Dr. Wynne and his family and what all they built,” added Montgomery, “so I think that’s something that people appreciate and enjoy seeing carry on the tradition.”
Toward that end, Montgomery retained two of Wynne’s longtime assistants — Tammie Shackelford and Carol Ann Taylor. Taylor had worked with Wynne for 21 years and Shackelford 29 years.
“Tammie and Carol, they just make each day a lot of fun, a lot of laughing,” said Montgomery. “We have a good time.”
Montgomery has practiced for eight years, including for several in Perry, a few in Peachtree City and the last year in Newnan. He also did his residency at Woolfson Eye Institute in Atlanta.
“It reminds me of a place I used to work at in Perry,” he said of his practice in Griffin. “It’s the same kind of close-knit community, small town — that’s just what I’m real comfortable with.”
The Gwinnett County native did his undergraduate work at Valdosta State and received his degree in optometry from Salus in Philadelphia. He currently lives with his wife in Peachtree City.